The Buzz at Westbrook School

January 21st, 2022


From the Principal...

January 21st, 2022

Dear Westbrook Families,

We have had a busy four-day week of learning at Westbrook. First-grade teachers have been assessing their students’ reading levels to measure their reading growth since October. Teachers use this information to adjust their guided reading groups. Our kindergarten students are continuing their study of communities and how they are different. Kindergarten is also counting by tens and ones with base ten blocks. (Please remind your kindergarten and first grade students to bring their devices to school each day fully charged.) Our early childhood students enjoy their winter theme unit, including cutting out snowmen, penguin spatial concepts, and winter sticker scenes. Students participate in dramatic play with snow forts, snowballs, ice skating, and ice fishing.

We are excited to partner with the Westbrook PTO to provide first-grade students with the Leaping into Literature program. Leaping into Literature provides an opportunity for parents to volunteer to read to interested first graders during their lunch recess. Leaping into Literature will take place every Wednesday in February. If you are interested in volunteering to read to your child’s first-grade class, please use the signup genius link in the PTO news below.

I wanted to provide an update on the Westbrook fire alarm. The new smoke detectors and pulls have not been replaced yet. Once Johnson Controls has all the new equipment in stock, they will set up a replacement date. We have been grateful that the fire alarm has not gone off in the past two weeks. Students will continue to bring their coats to specials in case of an alarm.

For your Children,

Danielle Crandall


District 57 Free Lunch Program: Sign up Information for January 31st - February 25th

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your continued support of the food program in District 57. The Google Form worked well for January and we are now ready to share the Google Form for January 31 through February 25. As a reminder, parents will now receive a confirmation email. Please check carefully to make sure you type the correct email address in the form in order to receive the confirmation. Please make sure to keep the confirmation email so that you know which days you signed up for lunches.

Please read through this information and don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

This lunch form is for Full-Day Elementary Students

  • Please complete THIS FORM to participate in the free lunch program. This is a free and optional program. However, for your child to participate, families are required to complete the weekly lunch order form.
  • The form is due by NOON on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
  • Westbrook PTO Special Lunch is Friday, February 4, 2022 (if you are unsure if you signed up for Special Lunch, contact the office (847) 394-7340.)

We encourage all families to participate in this program.

If you have any questions or do not receive a confirmation email, please email me directly at the email address below.


Jason Kaiz
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations


IMPORTANT INFORMATION - It is time to enroll your Kindergartener for 2022/2023 school year. Please help us get the word out by sharing the information below with a friend.


Note from the Nurse: COVID-19 Vaccination Card Information

Dear Parents,

District 57 offers families the opportunity to voluntarily provide their child’s COVID-19 vaccination status. This information is important to have on file as students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd dose) do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact (per IDPH guidelines) and remain asymptomatic. We are asking parents to send a copy of their child's Covid vaccination card to the health office after their child receives their second dose.

Thank you,

Julie Tworek, RN


Reporting Absences at Westbrook School

If your student will not be at school, for any reason, please let us know by doing one of the following:

Click: Click here to report a student's absence


Call: (847) 394-7340 press 1 for the attendance line

Please give the child’s name, date, grade/teacher, and reason for absence. If the school is not notified by the parent/guardian and the child does not arrive at school, the family will be called as per District 57 policy. Thank you for your cooperation.


Parent Reminders

Now that winter is upon us, please keep the following in mind:

  • Students will go outside for recess every day if the "feels-like" temperature is 15 degrees or above. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.

  • Label all items your child brings to school. If you would like to check lost and found for missing items, please come to the office to sign in.

  • Masks tend to get wet or break. Please pack extra masks in your child's backpack.


Upcoming Westbrook Dates

Wednesday, February 2nd - PTO's Leapin' Into Literature (1st Grade only 11:50am-12:50pm)

Friday, February 4th - Special Lunch (1st Grade only)

Wednesday, February 9th - PTO's Leapin' Into Literature (1st Grade only 11:50am-12:50pm)

Wednesday, February 16th - PTO's Leapin' Into Literature (1st Grade only 11:50am-12:50pm)

Friday, February 18th - Half Day 1st Grade (no school for K and preK)

Monday, February 21st - No School

Wednesday, February 23rd - PTO's Leapin' Into Literature (1st Grade only 11:50am-12:50pm)

For more dates, please click: D57 Calendar

Get a jump on the 2022/23 school year! Check out the District 57 2022-2023 Calendar below:

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First Student - District 57's Transportation Provider

Throughout the year buses may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., vehicular congestion; train traffic, weather, mechanical issues, etc.). The district has been using Bus Bulletin for several years now and is confident that this online notification system is the best way to inform parents should the need arise. For more information about Bus Bulletin click here



District 57 Information and Community News

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